Film Maduveya Mamatheya Kareyole is indeed a well packaged simple wedding. With the nuances of love, family bonding, misunderstanding and a balanced sprinkling of music, drama, and crisp narrative, director Kaviraj has taken a fresh approach in his debut. Enhanced by effortless performances, the family drama captures an oft-repeated storyline with a contemporary perspective while matching the trends that demand audience approval.
Beginning with a typical boy-meets-girl love story, the interest is heightened when their families, who are neighbours get involved. Krishne Gowda (Anant Nag), a school principal and Chandrashekar Patil (Achyuth Kumar), an RTO officer, live in opposite houses, having maintained their friendship for 25 years. They intend to convert their friendship into a relationship and their wish gets fulfilled with Patil’s son Sooraj (Suraj Gowda) falling in love with Gowda’s daughter Kushi (Amulya). They get engaged, but the twist comes with a misunderstanding over a conversation.The engagement breaks and Kushi’s family decides to marry her off to another boy. But the narrative explores the idea that the depth of love is not realised until the hour of separation. The rest of the film revolves around reconciliation and the fate of the lovers.
It is evident that simplicity has been handled elegantly, which is the film’s strength. It also maintains excellent production qualities. The first time director’s screenplay is straightforward, allowing everyone to become enamoured by the characters. There is nothing pretentious about Kaviraj’s
direction. While he hits the right emotional buttons, he also manages to make a subtle justification of changing attitudes in certain circumstances without being preachy. The happy finale too is not dramatic and ends with humour, which has been amply and expertly stitched in between the entire film.
Amulya proves that she is only getting better with mature roles. Sooraj as a newcomer stumbles at times, and has scope for improvement. MMK was a learning school for the newbie and he has a long way to go. However, he is a good dancer. Anant Nag and Achyuth Kumar have both given excellent performances. The supporting actors are also worthy of appreciation, but was expected a little more from Chikkanna.
Music director V Harikrishna’s score and lyrics to the songs written by Kaviraj further enhance the film, ably beautified by cinematographer KS Chandrashekhar.
Though there are a few amateurish moments, the flaws pale in the light of a cute love and family drama woven around a wedding card.